Malaysian Internet service provider 'stops' child porn

Malaysian Internet service provider 'stops' child porn
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PETALING JAYA - Internet service provider DiGi Telecommunications prevents its users from surfing to websites known to distribute child pornography.

Anyone trying to access such a site - knowingly or otherwise - gets redirected to a "Stop Page" which also gives a warning of the type of content being censored.

DiGi has been working with Malaysian police and Interpol since 2013 on this child sexual abuse material distribution access blocking initiative.

Behind the initiative is the Telenor Group - one of the world's largest telecommunications companies - of which DiGi is part of.

But the strategy stops short of keeping track of which user tried to access a child porn site, how many attempts the person made and other information, such as when and from where.

"We do not log any user data," said a DiGi spokesman who declined to be named.

He said that the mechanism was in place only as a means to prevent the distribution of the illegal material and the abuse of children.

DiGi users also have the option to submit a complaint about any site that they believe should be blocked, as well as the contact details of a helpline looking after children's interests.

The spokesman said that the initiative was vital because DiGi helps bring the World Wide Web to Malaysians.

"It is important that we enable access to individuals, including children and first-time users, safely and responsibly," he said.

Interpol maintains a list of domains that contain child pornography and provides it free to any Internet service provider (ISP) that wants to assist in keeping the smut off the Web.

On the list, the worst are those domains that proffer material featuring actual children, not computer generated or drawn images, and those appearing to be less than 13-years old.

DiGi has over the years also worked to step up its efforts against child porn by nurturing a safer Internet ecosystem for the younger generation.

The spokesman said that among the many strategies undertaken was educating schoolchildren and youths on the issue via workshops.

"This is part of our DiGi CyberSAFE in Schools programme," he said.

The other ISPs - Telekom Malay­sia, Celcom and Maxis Communi­cations - said they work with industry regulators, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, to fight child porn.

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